Item # 674341

July 06, 1847

NEW YORK TRIBUNE.  If we get a volume from July, 1847 look for this very early reference to Abe Lincoln:

There is even a newly discovered Lincoln speech. On July 6, 1847, Lincoln delivered his very first national address, at a major political gathering known as the River and Harbor Convention in Chicago. Lincoln spoke before a crowd of more than 10,000 distracted people, calling for more federal money on behalf of transportation investments or what they called back then “internal improvements.” Until quite recently, scholars thought the only notice of this speech came from Horace Greeley’s New York Tribune which simply identified the speaker as “a tall specimen of Illinoian.” However, a St. Louis newspaper transcribed Lincoln’s remarks, and they are now available on the Internet.  The transcript reveals Lincoln to have been a surprisingly commanding figure for a 38-year-old first-time congressman. He argued points of constitutional law, quoted Shakespeare, advocated for bipartisan compromise and even quieted hecklers. There was no hayseed about him.

The speech was given in Chicago on July 6, 1847, so likley in the Tribune a week later??

Category: Pre-Civil War